Truth And Grace
Song Of Mercy by Brenda Anderson is a most delightful Christian contemporary novel that is grounded in God. It is part of the Potter’s House series but can be read as a stand-alone.
Once again Brenda Anderson has created a charming set of characters, all very realistic with flaws that are so easy to identify with.
Worshipping God should be as natural as breathing but it should not be a public display. Our motivation for worship should always be to glorify God and not to magnify ourselves.
Prayer is important. We all need prayer warriors in our lives who can lift us up at times of need. Prayer builds our relationship with God. “’Pray about it’…’as if God will listen to me.’” We may have walked away from God but He is still waiting to hear from us.
Redemption And Restoration
Hands Of Grace by Brenda Anderson is a delightful
contemporary Christian novel surrounding grace, forgiveness and second chances.
It is part of the Potter’s House series of books but can be read as a
A focus of the novel is dementia. Brenda
Anderson has sensitively portrayed this whilst showing the difficulties faced
daily by those caring for their loved ones. “Nothing was tougher than watching
your loved ones lose themselves.” Patience and love radiates throughout.
Forgiveness and grace are major themes. “I’ve
done too much to be forgiven.” No one is ever so far from God that He casts
them out. No matter where we’ve been, no matter what we’ve done, God longs for
each and every one of us to return to Him. He longs to welcome us home. In Him
we can have a new beginning because of His free gift of grace.
There is the theme of trust. We develop trust
issues when people let us down. “One more person lying to her, building up her
bank of mistrust.” We do need to open ourselves up to trusting others again.
Not everyone we meet is out to deceive us. Some huge characters give out of the
goodness of their hearts.
A New Beginning
Brenda Anderson is a delightful Christian contemporary tale and features in
Hope Is Born: A Mosaic Christmas Anthology. The story follows on from A
God is at the heart of the story. He is our
good, good Father who is waiting for each and every one of us to hear and
respond to His voice. “It had taken years, but [he] had at last seen God’s
light and run to it.” God is a patient God. Running to Him is the best decision we will ever make.
Prayer is important. It is our lifeline. “God
was always ready with a listening ear.” God hears all our prayers. If we have a
difficult situation, we need to take it to God first. “Before they talked… he
needed to be all prayed up.”
Life competes for our attention. “Somehow being
back in the states, God’s voice had lost its clarity.” We need to make sure we
make God our priority.
Dancing In The Rain
A Beautiful Mess by Brenda Anderson is a powerful
contemporary novel that focuses on love and forgiveness. It is part of the
Mosaic Collection but can be read as a stand-alone.
Brenda Anderson has created a marvellous mix of
characters once again. They are realistically flawed, battling with issues that
the reader can empathise with.
Forgiveness is a major theme. We all need to
dispense and receive forgiveness. It is something that we all struggle with.
When people wrong us we need to look to the example of Jesus. “Jesus loved him
[Judas] regardless of that betrayal.” Betrayal hurts. We cannot stop it
happening but we can choose our responses. “I’ve decided I can’t wallow in it.
I can’t be bitter.”